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Who we are

The Canadian Foster Family Association is a national organization incorporated in 1987 with a mandate to speak as a collective voice for foster families throughout the country. Its primary goal is to enhance the quality of care provided to children in Canada.

The Objectives of the Association

To create public awareness of the role and contributions of foster families in Canada;

To unite provincial and territory foster parent organizations throughout Canada to facilitate the effective resolution of common issues and concerns;

To provide a central resource for information sharing and communication between member organizations and the service agencies associated with foster parenting;

To provide on-going support to member organizations;

To work in collaboration and partnership with Health Canada and other Federal Government departments for the enhancement of the foster care system in Canada.

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Organizational Structure

The Canadian Foster Family Association is run by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of foster parents from across Canada. The Board of Directors is elected by voting delegates at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Regular Symposium

  • Research

  • Foster Family Week

  • Support for Provincial and Territorial Associations

On-going Activities 

The Role of A Foster Parent

Children have a right to a safe nurturing home environment, protection, support, love and understanding, healthcare, education, and justice. The children of our country are our greatest asset. Foster parents are committed to ensuring that the needs of children in care are met.

Foster parents play a vital role in enabling children placed in their care to become mature and responsible adults with healthy coping mechanisms and a strong sense of self. Fostering parents make a valuable contribution to our society. There are approximately 35,000 foster families throughout Canada who perform the important task of nurturing children.

Foster families in Canada are diverse, and their primary motivation is an interest in making a difference in the lives of children. The recruitment and retention of foster homes is an on-going challenge in all provinces and territories.

Foster parents work as part of a professional team towards the goal of family reunification.


Mission, Vision and Values 

Our Mission 

The CFFA is a national organization that works in collaboration with the provincial and territorial foster family associations and other national organizations involved with children & youth in care to enhance foster care across Canada.


Canadian Foster Families will be respected and empowered in order to better facilitate the best possible environment for children in care.


Support positive change to fostering in Canada.

Advocating for the empowerment of Foster Families in Canada.

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Funding Source

The Canadian Foster Family Association is a registered non-profit association and does not receive any government funding. The CFFA is maintained through its membership fees, donations, and the generosity of communities in fundraising initiatives.

Show your Support

What can you do to support children in care and/or foster families in Canada?

  • Become involved at the local, provincial, or national level;

  • Become a member of the Canadian Foster Family Association;

  • If you are a foster parent, talk with your family, friends, co-workers, etc. about your experiences and encourage other to become foster parents;

  • If you have ever considered being a foster parent, contact your provincial or territorial association for more information;

  • Make a donation (monetary or otherwise) to the Canadian Foster Family Association;

  • Take time to educate yourself and others about foster care in Canada.

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